Every Day Over 300 Thousand Cars Arrive in Prague. The P + R Parking Space Accounts for One Percent of Them

The system of Prague´s P+R car parks in Prague currently offers about 3500 spaces. This corresponds to roughly 1 percent of the total number of arriving cars.

Prague currently offers P+R parking places for around 1 percent of vehicles arriving daily in the metropolis. It should be at least ten percent, which means an increase of tens of thousands of places. This results from a study that was prepared by the experts of the CTU Transport Faculty in cooperation with Uber. Experts state that parking zones also cause problems.

According to the study, on a working day, an average of 318,500 passenger cars will travel to Prague, 75,000 will commute regularly. The number is based on the Technical Administration of Communications (TSK) data and information on the population of the Czech Statistical Office, processed using expert coefficients. The total number includes cars that are only passing through Prague, but these are estimated to be relatively low.

The system of Prague P+R car parks in Prague currently offers about 3500 spaces. This corresponds to roughly 1 percent of the total number of arriving cars, which, according to experts, is very low. According to the co-author Petra Skolilova from the Czech Technical University, the experts internationally agree on a minimum of ten percent, with the ideal number reaching up to 50 percent of arriving cars.

The parking areas cause other problems in the study. For example, available numbers show that by the end of last year, the city of Prague 3 issued 16,428 parking permits. However, there are only 14,879 available parking spaces in the area and only 9883 parking places for residents.

As a result, after paying the fee, residents have no certainty that they can park, which, according to the study, concerns all the wider center areas that are currently included in the system. After expanding the zones, the situation is also worsening where it is not yet being paid for, for example, in Prague 10, where the cars from Prague 2 and 3 are moving to.

In addition to completing the infrastructure, CVT experts recommend simplifying the existing pay-as-you-go zone system and informing people about its functioning. Many drivers, for example, don´t know that they can park for a limited time in blue zones.

According to the study, the city should also offer an alternative for citizens living and working in different urban areas. Other options for improvement are, according to Skolilová, for example, sharing unused parking capacities at hospitals or offices.

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